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Republican Rossi advances in competitive House district in Washington state

Republican Dino Rossi advanced to the general election in Washington state’s 8th Congressional District, a competitive open seat in the general election.

Under Washington’s “top-two” primary system, candidates of all parties compete in the same primary. The top two finishers advance to the general election, regardless of affiliation.

With 64 percent of the vote tallied, the Associated Press projected Rossi, who was running first, would advance. He is a former gubernatorial and Senate candidate who also served in the state legislature.

Republican Rep. David Reichert is retiring. The district, which stretches from the Seattle suburbs east into the Cascade Mountains, is the only one in the state that backed Hillary Clinton for president but also sent a Republican to Congress.

A pair of Democrats were in close competition for the second slot — physician Kim Schrier, who was endorsed by Emily’s List and most labor unions; and Jason Rittereiser, a lawyer, who argued that his rural roots would make him more electable in November.

Live primary results: Florida and Arizona, plus Oklahoma runoffs

There are big races today in Arizona and Florida. In both states, voters are picking their candidates for key Senate races, though in Florida the winners have looked clear for months. In Florida, voters in both parties are weighing in on their candidates for governor.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, voters are choosing candidates in runoffs, including for the GOP nominee for governor.

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